Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 Statement On Access Living Lawsuit

Following news that Access Living, a Chicago-based, nationally recognized advocacy organization for people with disabilities – filed a claim in federal court against Uber, for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 released the following statement:

“While Uber has promised the city and groups like Access Living that wheelchair accessible rides are coming – the disabled community has waited two years and seen no progress.

“Despite Uber officials promising to provide equitable services, according to data provided by the city, Uber does not have a single wheelchair accessible vehicle on the road.

“Equitable transportation options are a big part of ensuring people with disabilities have their independence, and I’m proud to help provide that service” said Bayo Aladesuru, a Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 member, driver of a wheelchair accessible vehicle, and the winner of the 2015 City of Chicago’s Taxicab Driver Excellence Award.

“They’re operating like a taxi service, yet because it’s not as profitable, they’re leaving disabled Chicagoans behind” continued Aladesuru.